ATP world No 1 ranking: What Daniil Medvedev needs to do at the Miami Open to regain top spot

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Daniil Medvedev lost the ATP world No 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic following his early exit in Indian Wells, but he can return to the top with a good run at this week’s Miami Open.

On the back of winning the US Open in September and finishing runner-up at this year’s Australian Open, Medvedev became world No 1 for the first time on February 28, ending Djokovic’s two-year unbroken stint at the top.

However, his reign lasted only three weeks as his third-round defeat at the BNP Paribas Open saw him drop back to No 2 with Djokovic returning to the No 1.

The roles, though, could be reversed again at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Florida where Djokovic will once again be absent due to his unvaccinated status.

It will not be easy for Medvedev as he needs to reach at least the semi-finals in Miami to return to the top when the ATP Rankings are updated again on April 4.

The US Open champion will kick off his campaign against either Federico Delbonis from Argentina or three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray in the second round.

If he comes through his section, then he is projected to meet defending champion Hubert Hurkacz from Poland in the quarter-final while third seed Stefanos Tsitsipas or seventh seed Felix Auger-Aliassime could be a semi-final opponent.

Second seed Alexander Zverev spearheads the bottom half along with Wimbledon runner-up Matteo Berrettini.